Work-Related Wrongful Death

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,657 workplace fatalities in the United States in 2007. Each year, fatal workplace accidents occur in a wide range of industries. If your loved one was a victim of wrongful death in a construction accident or other on-the-job accident, an attorney from the Columbus, Ohio-based Philip J. Fulton Law Office can help you obtain compensation for your loss. No sum of money can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one, of course, but we can help resolve the financial issues resulting from a death in the family.

Construction Accident Wrongful Death Cases

According to numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a construction accident is more likely to result in wrongful death than any other workplace mishap. Your attorney from the Philip J. Fulton Law Office understands the devastating impact of any death in the family, which is only compounded when the victim was a major wage earner.

More than one in every five workplace fatalities in the United States happens on a construction site. Construction accidents result in more workplace deaths than accidents in other fields for several reasons. One reason is that there are more construction workers in the U.S. than there are workers in other similarly dangerous fields, such as mining. Additionally, dangerous heavy machinery, power tools and hazardous substances surround construction workers every day at the job site. Workers in other industries involving heavy equipment, such as foundry work, mining, and drilling, also face relatively high risks of fatal injury.

Even though most workers are careful most of the time, occasional oversights can lead to preventable deaths in surprising numbers. Even workers who are always careful and consistently take appropriate safety precautions can fall victim to defective equipment and the careless mistakes of others. When such a tragedy does occur, a construction accident and wrongful death attorney from our Columbus, Ohio, firm can help surviving family members pick up the pieces. Our goal is to make sure that surviving family members are amply provided for in the aftermath of a death.

Compensation For A Wrongful Death

After a person dies on the job, their immediate family may be entitled to two kinds of compensation. The workers' compensation system provides benefits for next of kin to compensate for the lost wages and other losses and expenses associated with a death in the family.

When the death is a wrongful death – caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentionally wrongful acts of another party – a lawsuit may be also be warranted. Wrongful death litigation for a construction accident or other workplace mishap can provide lump-sum compensation for end-of-life costs, lost wages, and other financial losses. In cases of particularly egregious wrongdoing, a jury may also call for punitive damages designed to send a message to the defendant and others about acceptable conduct in the workplace.

Contact A Construction Accident/Wrongful Death Attorney In Columbus, Ohio

It is difficult to think about legal and financial matters after losing a loved one, but this difficult time is precisely when an attorney may be most valuable. A construction accident and wrongful death attorney from the Columbus, Ohio-based Philip J. Fulton Law Office can help ensure that you and your family do not have to face financial problems in addition to the personal challenges following a death in the family. Contact our workers' compensation law firm today to schedule an appointment with a member of our legal team.